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On a recommendation from the Ricochet staff, I was listening today to a Glenn Loury / John McWhorter podcast on the topic of critical race theory, here, and I had what seems to me now an obvious thought about how to frame the discussion of race.
Whatever the history of racism in America, whatever the legacy of that injustice, what needs to change is the behavior of those black Americans who are failing to thrive.
That’s it. More sensitivity, awareness, self-flagellation, or self-loathing on the part of white Americans, however much some people think that’s appropriate, won’t fix the problem, because the problem is behavioral, and the behaviors that have to change are the behaviors of troubled black Americans.
Some will argue, of course, that it’s the behavior of white Americans that causes the dysfunction of black Americans. The response to those people is simple: let’s document the specific behaviors of all concerned that lead to problems, and see what is most urgently in need of correction. I think any honest effort to do so will quickly illuminate the real problems.Published in